Botanicals

'Breakthrough' study supports Pycnogenol's vascular benefits

By Stephen DANIELLS

Daily supplements of an extract from French Maritime Pine bark may boost vascular health in people with stable coronary artery disease, according to data from a gold standard randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study from Switzerland.

2004 Horticopia, Inc. Photography by Robert E. Lyons

Harvest data on top-selling herbs reveals tonnage rollercoaster ride

By Elaine Watson

New data from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) reveals that harvests of top-selling herbs black cohosh, slippery elm bark and cascara sagrada have been pretty volatile over the past decade, although goldenseal root has been far more consistent.

Nature's Sunshine Products recently appointed Herbalife executive D. Wynne Roberts as president and chief operating officer

Back to black for Nature’s Sunshine Products in Q4

By Elaine Watson

Utah-based direct selling supplements firm Nature's Sunshine Products (NSP) moved back into the black in the fourth quarter of 2011 posting a net profit on continuing operations of $7.6m vs a net loss of $0.4m a year ago.

Picture: Steven Foster, Scutellaria lateriflora, 2012

ABC: Why is skullcap still being adulterated with germander?

By Elaine Watson

Germander is still being used as a substitute for skullcap in dietary supplements, despite ongoing attempts to raise awareness about the problem, according to a new paper published by the American Botanical Council (ABC).

ABC: Solvents white paper could help inform NDI debate

ABC: Solvents white paper could help inform NDI debate

By Elaine Watson

An authoritative new guide to 23+solvents used in the production of botanical extracts for dietary ingredients could help inform the debate on ‘chemical alteration’ at the heart of the FDA’s draft guidance on new dietary ingredients (NDIs), says the American...

ABC: Expert panel should clarify list of grandfathered dietary ingredients

NDI draft guidance comments

ABC: Expert panel should clarify list of grandfathered dietary ingredients

By Elaine Watson

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should recognize the existing industry list of ‘grandfathered’ or ‘old’ dietary ingredients (ODIs) sold in the US pre-1994 – but work with an expert panel to clarify its contents, according to the American Botanical...

Nonprofits join forces to tackle botanical adulteration

Nonprofits join forces to tackle botanical adulteration

By Elaine Watson

Three leading not-for-profit organizations have joined forces to create an education program to help the dietary supplements trade wise up to the tricks used by unscrupulous suppliers to adulterate botanicals.

ChromaDex seals African botanical standards deal

ChromaDex seals African botanical standards deal

By Elaine Watson

ChromaDex has signed a deal with the Association for African Medicinal Plants Standards (AAMPS) to sell and market its botanical standards and the African Herbal Pharmacopoeia.

AHPA clarifies DMAA/geranium oil stance

AHPA clarifies DMAA/geranium oil stance

By Stephen Daniells

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has not concluded that 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA) is not found in geranium oil, as it clarifies its recent labeling on DMAA.

AHPA takes '1st stand' on labeling of DMAA–geranium oil

AHPA takes '1st stand' on labeling of DMAA–geranium oil

By Stephen Daniells

Members of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) will be required to not label 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA) as geranium oil, following an approval by the association’s Board of Trustees.

ABC's Mark Blumenthal

ABC on NDI guidance: ‘We find this problematic’

By Elaine Watson

The American Botanical Council (ABC) has weighed into the debate over the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) draft guidance document on new dietary ingredient (NDI) notifications.

Cranberry sales soared 15% to reach $35.81m in the food, drug and mass market channel last year.

US herbal supplement sales up 3% last year

By Mike Stones

Sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States climbed three per cent last year to reach more than $5.2bn, according to a report published in the latest issue of HerbalGram, the quarterly journal of the American Botanical Council.

American Botanical Council awards excellence in Anaheim

American Botanical Council awards excellence in Anaheim

By Stephen Daniells

The American Botanical Council (ABC) hosted its 6th Annual Celebration and Awards Ceremony in Anaheim, California, and honored individuals and companies who influence the present and future of the herbal medicine movement.

Kava may not be toxic after all, a researcher has found

AHPA publishes report questioning kava-liver toxicity links

By Shane Starling

A veteran kava researcher says liver toxicity cases that have been reported in recent years may be down to isolated quality control issues, rather than inherent toxicity issues with the herb and its extracts.

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Today more than ever, consumers are striving to support their overall well-being in a convenient way, with foods, beverages and dietary supplements that...